Fly Like An Eagle 5K Run/Walk

The Assumption Athletic Boosters Club presents the 2017 “Fly Like an Eagle” 5k fun run/walk.

  • August  12th 2017

  • Race starts at 9:00 AM

  • Kids 1/2 mile fun run starts at 10:00 AM

This event supports the Athletic Boosters and Student Athletes of Assumption Blessed Virgin Mary school.

The course runs through the scenic heart of Belmont.

Last year’s event had over 200 participants which included adults and children. We want to thank all of the men and women that participated. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that go largely unnoticed.

Thank You!

Tips to stay safe

Baseball is a relatively low-impact sport that can still cause a broad range of injuries if players aren’t carefully prepared. From pulled muscles in the arms to head injuries, players are at risk every time they take to the field. However, it is possible to protect yourself from the dangers of the game by taking a few necessary precautions.

The following five tips are the best ways to stay safe at a baseball game. Many of them may seem like they are little more than common sense, but they are so common for a reason: they work. Make sure to follow this advice when you take to the field to stay happy, healthy, and able to play baseball another day.

Baseball Player1. Always Wear Your Protective Gear

When it comes time to play a pickup game, it’s easy just to ignore your safety gear and jump out on the field. This move is a grave mistake. Safety equipment is designed to protect you against the serious concerns that can occur on the baseball field. Without it, you open yourself to any number of minor or severe issues.

For example, if you don’t wear a helmet when you bat, you run the risk of a huge hit on the head that could knock you unconscious. Even worse, it could cause brain damage or possibly death. Other pieces of safety equipment, like knee pads, are an important way of protecting your legs from serious injury.

2. Take a Break When You’re Tired

Everybody wants to be the hero when they’re out on the field. Pushing yourself a little harder than necessary is part of the fun of playing sports. However, there is a chance you could push yourself just a little too far for your good. For example, pitching an excessive number of innings could put a severe strain on your arm.

That stress could cause serious problems, such as pulled muscles, that could become even more severe later on down the road. Taking a rest when you feel tired is not a shameful thing to do. In fact, it can be an important way of avoiding overworking your body, your muscles, and causing bad issues that would never have occurred otherwise.

3. Always Warm Up Before You Play

Warming up your muscles and lungs before you play baseball is one of the most significant ways of avoiding injury. Sure, it can feel redundant to throw the ball around on the field for 15 minutes before playing. However, it can get your muscles working in a relaxed manner and prepare them for the more challenging experiences that lay ahead.

Warm ups to consider include light jogs, throwing drills, batting practice, stretches, and even sprints. Working your lungs and your body will not only protect you from injury but get your blood flowing. This increased blood flow will boost your level of energy naturally and give you more strength. It will also make more blood available if you do get injured, helping your wounds heal more quickly.

4. Avoid Excessive Contact

While baseball is not a contact sport, there are instances when it may be unavoidable. For example, you may hit slightly into basemen when running or even collide with a teammate when trying to field a ball. These instances may seem comical to those who are watching the game, but they can lead to injuries as severe as concussions when they do occur.

Baseball in GrassYou should also just accept the tag out at home base if the catcher has the ball. Running into the catcher, or even through them, could injure both you and that player. It is also typically frowned upon or even illegal in most leagues. Try to slide around them when at all possible, but if you’re out dead to rights, just accept the tag and avoid the injury.

Another way to prevent contact injuries is to stop sliding when it isn’t necessary. Yes, sliding is a lot of fun and even dramatic, but there’s no need to slide into the home base if you’re in no danger of being thrown out. Sliding can cause a lot of impact on the body when done too often. It can cause scrapes, strains, and even sprains. So keep on your feet unless you can’t avoid it.

5. Stretch Before Playing

Baseball players should perform a series of simple exercises to protect their body from injury while on the field. Just a few of these stretches include:

  1. Sleeper Stretch – This stretch consists of moving the shoulders and arms in gentle ways to decrease the potential strain on the arms and keep the player from getting injured.
  2. Serratus Slide – Performing this stretch consists of rotating the shoulder blades up and down, in simple circles, as a way of decreasing tension.
  3. Rotation Hip Stretch – Bend your knees forward at 90 degrees, spread your feet as far apart as is comfortable, and touch your toes to complete this stretch.
  4. Pec corner Stretch – Press your throwing shoulder against the corner of a wall and turn your body and head away from the wall as far as you can.

By performing these simple warm-up exercises, the baseball player can prevent serious injuries and keep themselves in great shape. They are also a good way to directly work the body and prepare for the hard experience that lay ahead.

Be safe out there!

Eagle Club Membership Flyer

Spring Fund Drive for the AABC Eagle Club Membership is happening now. Below is the link for our push for your support. Please take a moment and see what you can contribute to help us for our sports season.




Assumption Athletics Eagles Club Levels Spring Drive 2017

Assumption Athletic Booster Club | October 2016

AABC President’s Corner:

GO EAGLES!!  I love to hear that sound.  It has been an exciting fall season for our athletes.  We are so proud of all those who participated and represented ABVM.

A special CONGRATS to our 2016 5/6th grade boys football team who has gone undefeated in regular season play & earned a spot in the championship game “All Saints Bowl” …coming out with a win over North Pointe Christian 12-6 at the CAT!!! Champions!! Way to go Eagles!!

I also want to thank the parents for all your efforts to ensure your children made it to practices and games.  When teams are combined, it is not always the easiest to coordinate car pools to various locations for practices and games.  The Boosters appreciate your commitment to all the athletes this season.  Also, thank you to those parents and students who gave time in the concession stand during this fall season.  You are the reason we continue to have the #1 facility and concession offerings in GRACEAC!

Lastly, I want to thank Kevin and Katie McGrath and Greg and Colleen Simmons for their support of the ABVM Eagles Club during our fall drive.  We are excited to add your names/business to our ever growing sponsor wall in the FLC.  Thank you for your support of the ABVM athletics.We look forward to the winter sports season – if you have not signed up your child yet, please do so.  We can’t wait to see and cheer on our ABVM Athletes!!!  GO EAGLES!

September Eagles Newsletter

This month’s newsletter is now available. Check out what new insight the Athletic Director is sharing.

Coaches Spotlight Candidate Andy Grile talks about selfies.

Athlete Showcase focuses on Meghan W and Grant K this month. They talk about favorite foods and movies.

Open Athletic Booster positions are open for volunteers who want to get involved.

For more information click the link below.


Eagles Nest Newsletter | September



Parent | Athlete Concussion Information

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that
changes the way the brain normally works.A concussion
is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that
causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.
Even a “ding,”“getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be
a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after
the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or
weeks after the injury.
If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion
after a bump, blow,or jolt to the head or body,s/he should
be kept out of play the day of the injury.The athlete should
only return to play with permission from a health care
professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.

From the Michigan Department of Community Health

A concussion is a brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that can have serious consequences. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity.

Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. The law went into full effect on June 30th, 2013.

The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.

The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.

The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity.

Student-Athlete Interview w/Mav

I had the privilege of interviewing another one of our future athletes this week. Since he is much younger than our first athlete, his answers were much different.

I sat down with Maverick and asked the same similar questions and he graciously took the time.

So here goes.

Maverick what is your favorite sporting event?

He was sheepish in his answer and needed a little prodding. Shrugging his shoulders, I asked him what about the Olympics? Did you watch the Olympics these past couple of weeks?

“Yes”, he said. “I really liked the swimming. Michael Phelps is a really good swimmer. I like swimming because that’s what I like to do. I swim at my Grandma’s house a lot.”

“I like to eat”, I told Maverick. “My favorite meal is breakfast. It sets up for a really good day if you find the right thing to eat.”

“Eddie, what do you like to eat, because I am not sure what my favorite breakfast food is?”

“Great question.  If I could eat anything it would be scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and bagels with cream cheese. The list could really go on, but that is my comfort food.”

“Eddie, I thought you were into worms and insects?”, asked Maverick with a huge smile.

“Maverick you could live off those, but they taste like…ah well let’s just say bad. So what do you eat?”

“I like pancakes and waffles. That is my favorite breakfast item.”

“Do you have a nickname Maverick?”

“Yes my little sister gives me all kinds of them, but I like Mav the best.  I get called Rico too”

“How about must see TV. Do you have a favorite tv show. Cartoons, ESPN, etc?”

“Yeah I like the tv show Tanked.”

“Tanked? Really?”

“Yeah those aquariums are awesome. And those guys are really funny. Especially the big guy…Did you know he’s afraid to get in the water?”

“Yeah I have watched that show. That’s a good one. I did know that the big guy isn’t fond of getting into the water”

“How about movies.  Do you see many?”

“I like Jurassic World. T-rex is awesome. I love him. He saved the day”, said Mav.

“I have a two part question Rico…” I was interrupted.

“Eddie, please call me Mav. I like that the best.”

“Ok…Mav, what is your favorite dinner meal and if you could pick 3 people who would you choose.”

“Michael Phelps. He is an awesome swimmer. Really fun to watch. Donald Trump and Will Ferrell.”

“Donald Trump?”, I asked surprisingly.

“Yep. He is popular. A name I hear and I see his sign going to school. I think he must be important and would like to have dinner with him.  I like the movie Elf.  That guy makes me laugh.  That would be a great dinner. I would like to have them join me eating buffalo chicken wings. I really like wings.”

“I like it Mav.  Those are some good choices. Not sure about your food choice though. Chickens are sort of a relative of mine.” We both laughed at that Mav thought it was exceptionally funny.

“You’re really young and have few childhood memories. That being said though, what is your favorite thing you have done so far?”

“I went to Universal Studios. It’s a really cool place. I would like to go back.”

“If you had an hour of free time what would you like to do? It’s my last question.”

“Eddie this is really fun. I like answering your questions. You sure we can’t keep going?”

“Yeah. This was fun. You have been a good sport with all of this. What do you like to do?”

“I like playing outside.  Swimming to as I mentioned.”

“Thanks for your time today Maverick. I really enjoyed the question and answer session. Good luck at school this year young man.”

I concluded the session and headed back to my nest to type up my notes.

Student-Athlete Interview w/Ryar

Good morning ABVM Athletes, Parents, Eaglets, and other followers. I had the opportunity to sit down with one of our 7th grade athletes before school started and asked him some questions.

Ryar what is your favorite sporting event?

Eddie, I am a huge baseball fan. I eat, sleep, and play baseball. I’d have to say that the World Series is my favorite event of the year.

What is your favorite breakfast food?

I prefer eggs.  Eggs over easy is my favorite meal.

Yeah, I said.  That’s a good choice. I myself have given up on worms after an episode I had meeting with the principal and have switched back to my 21-day fix diet.

“Must see tv, what is yours Ryar?”

“I like sit to down and watch ESPN Sports Center. It keeps me up to speed on all the sporting news.”

Really? That leads me to another question. What do you do when you have an hour of free time?

“ESPN Eddie. I really love sports and watch the highlights when I can.”

“What is your favorite movie? Is it a sports movie?”

Ryar chuckled at my second question.

“No Eddie, I like the Star Wars series.”

“Who has been the most influential on your baseball career?”

“I would have to say my dad”, said Ryar. “He has a been a huge influence on me by providing any opportunity to make sure I get to practices and games. Any preparation necessary to get me where I need to be.”

“Do you have a nickname?” I asked Ryar.

Laughing Ryar said, “Half Pint. They call me Half Pint.”

I wasn’t sure how to follow up on that so I went onto the next question. Moving back to another food question I asked what his favorite dinner meal was.

“Steak, Eddie.” I prefer to eat steak.”

I remember earlier in the summer we had dinner with his family and his mom made really good tacos. That should be a close 2nd, but maybe he has them a lot. I should have asked more about it, but didn’t.

“If you could have dinner with any three people who would you pick?”

“Can they be both living or dead Eddie?”

“Yes”, I said. “That is the great thing about this question.”

“Without hesitation then I would choose Miguel Cabrera.”

“Who is Miguel Ryar?

“He is regarded as one of the best hitters of all time, a triple Crown winner, two-time most valuable player and eight-time All-Star. Miguel is the epitome of an all-around ball player. Did you know he was born in Venezuela?  Cabrera was raised with baseball in his blood. Did you also know Miguel’s parents even met on a baseball diamond?”

“Nope.” I said. “I really don’t know much about baseball. I am a hockey guy. What else do you know about him?”

“His father was a highly regarded amateur player, while his mother was the shortstop on the Venezuelan national softball team for 14 years. His childhood home was immediately next to the right field line at Maracay Stadium.”

“Who else would you have join you at the dinner table Ryar?”

“Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth”, responded Ryar.

“I know Babe Ruth like most people that follow baseball. I read that Babe had a mythical stature that grew in 1927 when, he set a new homerun record of 60, a record that would stand for 34 years. During his time with the Yankees, Babe ignited the greatest dynasty in all of American sport. Prior to his arrival, the Yankees had never won a title of any kind. After joining the Yankees prior to the 1920 season, Babe helped the Yankees capture seven pennants and four World Series titles. The 1927 team is still considered by many to be the greatest in baseball history. Upon retiring from the Boston Braves in 1935, Babe held an astonishing 56 major league records at the time, including the most revered record in baseball… 714 homeruns.

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, and was named Rookie of the Year that year, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.


To no surprise Ryar had known all those things. I followed up my second to last question with a favorite childhood memory. Ryar answered with a baseball memory.

“Eddie I have had the privilege of seeing the Detroit Tigers play in the World Series.”

I didn’t ask Ryar if that was his favorite team or not, but I am making a leap that they are his favorite team.

“Last question young man. What kind of car would you hope to drive?”

Ryar laughed at the question. “I am not ready to drive yet Eddie. I have a while yet before that is something I have to think about.  I think though, that I would prefer a sports car.”

His brother, who was hovering suggested a Lamborghini, but Ryar didn’t think that was very realistic. He just said sports car and left it that. I said thanks to Ryar for taking the time and wished him good luck with the rest of his season.

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Boosters Open Positions


~AABC Treasurer

~AABC Concessions Co-Chair


Please contact AABC Board President Lisa Piatek at or (616) 822-5132  if you are interested in taking one of these positions


What an AMAZING year it has been for ABVM Athletics.  There have been many important events and forward momentum with our Athletic Booster Group.


First, I want to express my sincere thanks to all parishioners, community members, parents, faculty and students that participated in our Fly Like an Eagle 5K.  The tremendous amount of support both financially and through participation and volunteerism was outstanding.  It reminded me once again of our vibrant community and the commitment we all have to ABVM.  We exceeded our participation goal of 150 with a total of 158 participants.  AND we were able to raise over $10,000 (gross).  A special note of thanks to all who were involved, especially Bill Fix, with the planning and execution of this day – it was a GREAT DAY TO BE AN ASSUMPTION EAGLE!


Secondly, a special note of thanks to Margo Gagnon and Colleen Hall for their tireless work and volunteerism on the Booster Board.  Margo, our outgoing Treasurer, gave of her time ensuring our financials were accurate and gave us a picture of our abilities and a roadmap for the future.  Colleen, as the outgoing Chair of Concessions, provided the best concession stand in all of GRACEAC!!!  Thank you for the long hours and commitment you gave to make an athletic experience at ABVM one of the best.  A special Thank you to Gloria, who was always there helping in the concession right along with Colleen J


Lastly, I want to thank the remaining members of the ABVM Boosters Board and our Athletic Director.  Without you, our sports program would not function.  You have been an absolute delight to work with and give me inspiration on a daily basis!  It has been a year of hard work and the efforts are paying off.  I look forward to future growth for our sports program with each of you helping to lead the way.  Thank you – Michelle Balcom, Linda Ostoin, Mary Benoit, Melanie Augustyn, Kristen Rhinehart, Dana Cowen, Peter Piatek, Geoff Westman and Kim Mis.


Have a great summer & don’t forget about FALL SPORTS signups in May/June!    GO EAGLES!